Welcome to the International Students and Scholars website. Here you will find resources and important events to assist you during your time at Iowa State University.

For information on immigration-related orders and policies made by the Trump Administration click here: Immigration Updates  (last updated June 28, 2018).



Need to submit an reduced course load, curricular practical training or other request to ISSO? CyStart is our online portal for our electronic requests. If you have problems or questions with CyStart, please email isso@iastate.edu.

I-9 Schedule

You must complete Form I-9 on or before your first day of work.  Please bring proof of: (a) identity suitable for international travel, and (b) employment authorization to an I-9 session:

3241 Memorial Union

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday:                  
1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.      

No appointment is needed, but I-9s are completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Form I-9 takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Practical Training

F-1 students can sign-up for a CPT Workshop here and OPT Workshop here.

New Scholar Check-in

  • Unpaid Scholars (includes scholars on a stipend or per diem).
  • Paid Scholars (on the ISU payroll)

* If you arrive after the scheduled start time, you will be asked to reschedule for the next available session.